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Tanzania: Regional Power Project Planned

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Thursday, 02 October 2014

Tanzania: Regional Power Project Planned

Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya will soon enjoy reduced electricity costs following the envisaged completion of the ZTK interconnection power project. Three energy ministers from Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya signed a Cooperation Agreement in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, binding their respective countries to the implementation of the power project which will also see many rural people accessing electricity. The project will also attract investors.

Addressing power utility delegates from the three nations, the Tanzanian Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo said Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya will each solicit funding and implement the project infrastructure in each respective country that will be linked at the border. He added that the three countries have enough resources to produce enough power for local consumption and sell the surplus to other African nations, connecting the North and the South Power Pool. "We want to see power transmission connecting Cape Town and Cairo for the economic and social prosperity of our continent.

This will reduce poverty once more people in rural areas access power and attract more investment to the continent," he said. The minister said that Zambia has enough resources to generate power from coal, while Kenya has already started generating power from geothermal sources and coal, while Tanzania has coal and natural gas.

Funding Institution present, including African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Bank (WB) and Donor countries including Norway, Japan, France and the European Union have expressed their continued support.

Source: allafrica.com